January 27, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness
Damage to inner ear of teen is an overlooked potential health risk to vaping
Nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 2.4 million teens use electronic cigarettes, and that 70 percent of middle and high school students have been exposed to e-cig advertising.|
There’s renewed attention to the potential health risks of e-cigs, but overlooked is the danger to the hearing of young people. A study published last June confirmed confirmed the adverse effects of smoking on the inner ear of adolescents.
While e-cigarettes do not produce carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic chemicals associated with regular cigarettes, most include nicotine. While nicotine’s toxic effects on the ear are not fully understood, it is well established that nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow.